Spymonkey - The Complete Deaths

A Spymonkey co-production with Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton

The Complete Deaths

Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch

Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 June 2016 at 8pm

Theatre - Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions)

Age Guidance: 14 +


“Brilliantly ridiculous”
★★★★ The Stage

“Daft, ingenious and ultimately deeply thoughtful”
★★★★ Financial Times

“Completely and utterly joyous”
★★★★★ The Argus

“Poignant as well as hilarious”
★★★★ The Observer

“A fantastic, hilarious, consistently imaginative hoot from start to finish”
★★★★★ The Arts Desk

There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare – 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus.

They range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.

Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns’ (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.

The Complete Deaths will be a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Cast and Creative Team

Performed by Spymonkey: Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park
Directed and adapted by Tim Crouch
Designed by Lucy Bradridge
Lighting by Phil Supple
Original music by Toby Park

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed at The Other Place at the RSC, and supported by the MA Dramatic Writing Lab at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins.

This event is part of neat16.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

The Complete Deaths - Thu 9 Jun 8:00pm Thu 9 Jun Theatre 8:00pm £14 - £16
The Complete Deaths - Fri 10 Jun 8:00pm Fri 10 Jun Theatre 8:00pm £14 - £16
The Complete Deaths - Sat 11 Jun 8:00pm Sat 11 Jun Theatre 8:00pm £14 - £16


Every last one of Shakespeare’s death scenes performed by “four of the greatest clowns working in Britain”
(Time Out)


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